brown eggs vs white eggs

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  1. Milhouse

    Milhouse Senior member

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    I bought some locally grown brown eggs, and to be honest, I can't taste a difference between these and commercial eggs. I'm a little bummed because they were twice as much money.

    I talked with a few people about this, and some people claim they can taste the difference between brown and white eggs.

    So, assuming the same growing methods (e.g. same farm, just different chickens) do you think you can taste the difference between a brown egg and a white egg (assume an unadulterated method of preparation such as hard boiling)? Would you put money on your ability to do so?
     


  2. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    I'd put money on my ability to taste the difference between fresh, farm-grow eggs versus commercially bought from a store, definitely. But just between brown and white, I don't think there should be much difference at all. I'm pretty certain the difference is entirely cosmetic, and people who can "taste" the difference are mistaken.
     


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    [​IMG] I always thought the brown ones were chocolate.[​IMG]
     


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    [​IMG] I always thought the brown ones were chocolate.[​IMG]

    Racist.
     


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    I prefer brown eggs just because they look different. And it's true there is no difference in taste based on egg color. I think it has to do with the color of the chicken laying it.
     


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    My chickens lay both white and brown and there is zero difference, they do taste much better than store bought though, as we feed them well and they are free to range around our land.
     


  7. Milhouse

    Milhouse Senior member

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    I wonder if the "local" egg farmer basically uses the same methods as a major egg producer, and that is why they taste the same.

    With all this organic / free-range / locally produced stuff, it is a real toss up whether or not quality will be improved. I buy some eggs and pay twice as much for no difference. I bought some "organic" spices and paid roughly the same price as normal and am amazed at the flavor.

    Tough work being a consumer.
     


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    I'd put money on my ability to taste the difference between fresh, farm-grow eggs versus commercially bought from a store, definitely. But just between brown and white, I don't think there should be much difference at all. I'm pretty certain the difference is entirely cosmetic, and people who can "taste" the difference are mistaken.

    +1. And yes, it is entirely cosmetic.
     


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    I always thought brown chickens only had brown eggs and white chickens had white eggs.
     


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    Funny, growing up in Iowa we only had white eggs. Once I moved out to Rhode Island most of the eggs are brown, though you can get white ones.

    I don't think color makes a difference, although a good farm raised egg is easily noticable over the mass produced variety for many uses.

    -spence
     


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    how did you prepare them? i like my eggs soft (boiled or fried, sunny or scrambled), and i can tell the difference. if you add cheese or over-fry them the difference is less noticeable.

    i would also challenge you to crack a farmers market egg and a supermarket egg into a bowl and look at the difference.

    also if you really did buy them from a farmer, why not go back next week and ask them about it. see if they can explain how they feed and care for their chickens, that's one of the reasons you're paying a premium.
     


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    how did you prepare them? i like my eggs soft (boiled or fried, sunny or scrambled), and i can tell the difference. if you add cheese or over-fry them the difference is less noticeable.

    i would also challenge you to crack a farmers market egg and a supermarket egg into a bowl and look at the difference.

    also if you really did buy them from a farmer, why not go back next week and ask them about it. see if they can explain how they feed and care for their chickens, that's one of the reasons you're paying a premium.


    This is untrue. Under the same conditions (diet, health, etc) of the hen, a brown egg and a white egg should taste exactly the same. The reason farmer's market eggs will taste better is a mix of the fact that they're probably much more fresh (2-3 days old versus a week), and instead of being kept in cages and shitting all over, they're allowed to roam all the time or at least part of the time, and also the fact that with most commercially produced eggs, the hen will only be corn or grain-fed, whereas with the farmer's market egg, they will be fed a mixture of grain, corn, and grass.
     


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    White eggs think they're better than brown eggs. You're all the same!
     


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    Why is it better that Kobe beef doesnt do any exercise and just sits around and drinks beer, but we want our chickens to go running around out in open fields?

    K
     


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    It's not the colour of the shell that's important, but the freshness of the egg and the diet of and conditions in which the chicken that laid the egg is kept.

    We used to keep chickens when I was young - our chickens laid predominantly brown eggs, for some reason - and the difference between those eggs and the usual store-bought eggs was significant. The yolk of the eggs laid by our chickens was a very bright orange, and the egg had quite a strong (but pleasant) taste. Store bought eggs, though, had a very pale, watery-looking yolk and the eggs themselves had quite a weak taste.
     


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